Just back from Anglesey. Book research across the island, the Red Boat ice-cream parlour in Beaumaris, Kyffin Williams just outside Llangefni, and discovering probably the nicest away-from-the-crowds beach in North Wales.
Not telling. Okay, go on then: Church Bay.
Ace of Spades
But of the many angles I was researching over the last few days, the strangest must be an unlikely tourism ambassador for the popular holiday island: Lemmy.
Yes, that’s the one. The Jack Daniels-swilling, bass guitar-pounding, heavy-metal-wildman lead singer of Motorhead.
A new film highlights the fact that young Lemmy (then just plain Ian) lived near Benllech and went to junior school in nearby Amlwch.
A crew for the forthcoming Lemmy – The Movie was recently on the island, filming scenes at his former school, Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones, and raising eyebrows in the process as BBC Wales reports.
Of course Lemmy lives in California these days but maybe here’s a golden opportunity for Anglesey to fuel a new tourism boom with Motorhead fans making the pilgrimage to the rural idyll that shaped a rock god.
Is Anglesey proud of its heavy metal credentials, or is the man behind Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers a step too far for Anglesey?
No sleep till Beaumaris, then.